A New Risk for Smokers - Rheumatoid Arthritis

Smoking is well known to be associated with added risks for a number of diseases including emphysema, lung cancer, and coronary artery disease. Now it appears that heavy smokers are also at a markedly increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Research reported in the February 15, 2001 issue of the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases shows further that a family history of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a known risk factor for RA, is less common among heavy smokers.

The Study Design and Results

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